Natural Remedies for Rosacea
Rosacea commonly occurs between the ages of 30 and 60. Women are more frequently affected than men, particularly those who are experiencing hormonal changes associated with menopause. However, men tend to suffer more severe symptoms. Women are more likely to get rosacea on the cheeks and chin, while men are more likely to get rosacea on the nose. People with naturally thin skin may also be more prone to the condition. Rosacea typically begins as redness on the cheeks, nose, chin or forehead that may come and go, but it can also show up on the neck, chest, scalp, or ears. Over time, the redness becomes ruddier and more persistent, and visible blood vessels may appear. Bumps and pimples often develop, and in severe cases, the nose may become swollen and bumpy from excess tissue.
Although the exact cause of rosacea is still unclear, it is known that rosacea is aggravated by extremes of temperature, sun exposure, alcohol, hot drinks, spicy foods, and emotional stress. These trigger factors can cause the already congested and weakened blood vessels to dilate even further and the skin's sensitive surface to become irritated and inflamed. Because of the unclear origins of rosacea and the wide variety of trigger factors, many people have turned to various natural remedies for rosacea to treat its symptoms and attain relief.
Here are some of the natural remedies for rosacea that various medical studies, rosacea patients and some dermatologists recommend:
- Green tea extract
- Foods high in Vitamin C such as rose flowers, rose hip and sunflower seeds
- Foods high in vitamin A such as dairy
- Foods high in vitamin E such as avocados
- Foods rich in omega-3 fatty acids such as salmon and walnuts
- Foods that rich in antioxidants such as carrots, green tea, and berries
- Golden chamomile (Chrysanthellum indicum) extract
- Food that are rich in vitamin B complex
- Azelaic acid derived from wheat, rye, barley and oxygenated olive oil
- Apple cider vinegar
- Red clover
- Pine bark
- Witch hazel
Some rosacea sufferers, especially those who are prone to frequent flushing, have also reported benefitting from relaxation and stress management techniques like mediation, yoga and various relaxation exercises and breathing exercises.